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Writing to files and databases from Spotfire

Last updated:
4:54pm May 25, 2022


Spotfire can write back to a database in different ways using different techniques such as IronPython from a Text Area, Information Links or Data Functions. It can also be as complex as creating a custom extension using the Spotifre SDK. It can write back to different databases such as text files, excel, relational databases or even cloud.

Writing back using IronPython

IronPython is very powerful as is possible to do almost anything that can be done with .NET as IronPython is a Python implementation of the .NET framework. Along with the Spotfire API it is possible to write to files, export images, create pdf documents, automate windows task and write to databases.

Writing back using Data Functions

Data functions are as powerful as ironpython, but these serve a different purpose and can be written in Python or R programming language. There are packages for almost anything. Data functions are commonly used by Data Scientists to perform complex calculations. Writing back to files or databases using Data Functions is another way to achieve this.

Writing back using Information Links

Information links are predefined database queries. They require Java Drivers (JDBC) on the server to create data connections. Writing back using information links can be a handy tool to execute queries before or after the data is loaded or executing complex database queries using stored procedures. One great advantage of using Informaton Links is the hability to pass parameters from markings or document properties. 


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Hello rpeguet. Thanks for your comment!

Yes, it is possible regardless the method you use. Each technique can be slightly different, but the concept is the same. You can just loop through the filtered or marked data and build your update statement.

Here is an example on how to loop through marking using IronPython

Jose Leviaguirre 11:30am Mar. 18, 2022

Great article! Using the same techniques is it possible to update a table in my source DB on records that are filtered or marked in the Dashboard?

rpeguet 3:09am Mar. 17, 2022